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  • 08/12/2017 - Amendments made to Forestry and Land Management Bill
      The Rural Economy Committee this week considered Stage 2 amendments to the Forestry and Land Management Bill.  There are a substantial number of amendments proposed – 136 in total – and as such it was not possible for the Committee to cover them all in one sitting.  A second session will therefore take place on 1
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  • 07/12/2017 - Local Governance Review
    Communities are to have their say on how more decisions can be taken at a local level. The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run. The review will involve hearing from communities a
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  • 07/12/2017 - Planning Bill published
    New legislation intended to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart. The Planning (Scotland) Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year. Although yet to be announced the lead committee for scrutinising the
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  • 07/12/2017 - Planning application decision times published
    Statistics on quarterly planning performance in Scotland have been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. The overall average decision time for all local applications (8.8 weeks for 6,967 applications) has decreased for the second consecutive quarter and is the quickest average time for any quarter since the start of th
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  • 07/12/2017 - Development Plan Approval
    Registers of Scotland has launched a new free service primarily aimed at residential housing developments.  Further details on Development Plan Approval can be found here...
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  • 07/12/2017 - Land Lines: The housing land market in Scotland
    The Scottish Land Commission has commissioned a series of independent discussion papers on key land reform issues.  The papers are intended to stimulate public debate and to inform the Commission’s longer term research priorities.  The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the
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  • 07/12/2017 - Fees for monitoring surface coal mining sites
    The Scottish Government has introduced a new provision for planning authorities to be paid a fee for monitoring surface coal mining sites. The new Circular states that “Effective monitoring of a site and the conditions that are attached to it is vital, in order to ensure that on-going operations are in line with the plannin
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  • 06/12/2017 - Financial Statements
    The UK Treasury has announced that there will be a Spring statement on 13 March 2018.   The Chancellor will not make significant tax or spending announcements at the Spring Statement, unless the economic circumstances require it.To fit in with an autumn Budget the process for the publication of consultations and draft le
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  • 06/12/2017 - Agricultural Weather Advisory Panel meets
    A new panel to help farmers become more resilient to weather shocks met for the first time this week. [read more] The panel was announced by Rural Economy Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing at AgriScot.  Speaking about the first meeting of the panel, Mr Ewing said, : “Having announced the formation of the new agricultural
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  • 06/12/2017 - Grouse Moor Licensing and Fox Hunting
    SNP delegates have backed a motion by its National Council calling for the SNP Scottish Government to come out in support of establishing a licensing system for driven grouse estates as part of efforts to tackle wildlife crime. The SNP National Council also moved to effectively proscribe fox hunting by making it illegal f
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  • 06/12/2017 - Trust Registration Service
    The Trust Registration Service a central electronic register with up to date information relating to individual trusts and complex estates which have a liability to tax has been set up.  There are strict deadlines for providing information, depending upon commencement of the trust, the first of which is 5th January 2018.  M
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  • 05/12/2017 - Unauthorised mountain bike trails present problems for farms and rural estates
    Problems created by the unauthorised construction of mountain bike trails in Scotland is being highlighted in a new awareness campaign. Care for the Countryside, an initiative organised by Scottish Land & Estates, is warning of the safety risks posed by poorly constructed self-built trails. The past decade has wi
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  • 05/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 04 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 04 December 2017.
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  • 05/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 27 November - 01 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 27 November - 01 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/12/2017 - Current consultations - 04 December 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 01/12/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    NHS 24 presented at the most recent meeting of the National Rural Mental Health Forum this week. NHS 24 highlighted work it has been doing to address mental health and wellbeing issues within its service but was keen to identify areas where they could do more.   Specifically NHS 24 would like feedback on the followin
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  • 30/11/2017 - Implications for Rural Scotland of leaving the EU
    On Wednesday the National Council of Rural Advisers put out an interim report detailing the implications for rural Scotland of leaving the EU.  The full report can be found here... On the 22 June the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity announced the setting up of the National Council of Rur
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  • 30/11/2017 - CLA Rural Business Conference 2017
    The CLA England & Wales held their annual Rural Business conference in London this week, where attendees heard from a wide range of speakers, including Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Michael Gove. The focus of the conference was on the future of land use, and how landowners are finding new way
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  • 30/11/2017 - Chance to comment on plans for Perth & Kinross
    The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) for Perth and Kinross will be published on 1 December 2017.  Read more...  
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  • 30/11/2017 - Enterprise and Skills Board revealed
    The advisory panel of business and economic representatives tasked with creating a fresh strategy for enterprise and skills support in Scotland has been unveiled. The Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, which will meet for the first time on 13 December, will work to maximise output from public sector investment in these ar
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